Mine were gift from a person who works in a duty free bonded warehouse ,in all probability *old stock but still smokableWhat a surprise to find it here Paul!
It is one of my favorite Toscano, unfortunately the "Intero" (whole) form it has not been produced for some time due to commercial choice.
They kept the "Ammezzato" (split) version with less ripening,
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but in my opinion (although the company denies making any changes) it's a different blend.
I prefer the whole, in case I cut it in half .
I liked it quite a bit... Purchase restrictions during the event at my local shop kept me from getting more than one, but I wish I'd gotten a few. Or a box (yeah right!). They had some pepper spice to them, though certainly not an overwhelming amount, and also some brown sugar and floral sweet elements. I thought it reflected both its Nicaraguan and Fuente heritage pretty well. I think the price was right in line with the Hemingways, which isn't too bad either. Hopefully Fuente will do a regular release Nicaraguan at some point, and after the initial craze, they become as readily available (and as good) as most of their other regular lines.How are these? They have not come through middle Tennessee in any significant quantity (a couple boxes last time and a couple this time, both times evaporated before they even hit the shelves). I finally got a pack of the Naked Kings and am letting them rest for a few weeks. I've been wanting to try Fuente's Nicaraguan tobacco ever since I heard about it first several years ago. I cannot fathom the feeding frenzy that will occur when they release their first Nicaraguan puro.